After years of tinkering with its software, PokerStars is starting to roll out the beta for PokerStars 7 in various markets around the world.
One of the biggest updates to the software in the history of the company, PokerStars 7 is set to introduce a number of new features including a QuickSeat tab, an advanced favorites tab and an app bar that replaces the Options and Requests drop down menu.
PokerStars is also adding the ability to see a preview of each table in the lobby, a region-based mini-map of live tournament satellites and a real-time chip graph for players to analyze their progress in a tournament.
While the system requirements for PokerStars 7 will go up slightly, the software will still be accessible to the vast majority of poker players.
“We want virtually everybody to be able to play on our software so you won’t need a gaming computer or anything like that,” said Lee Jones, Head of Poker Communications for PokerStars.
QuickSeat, Favorites Simplify Software for New Players
The headlining feature of PokerStars 7 is perhaps the new stripped-down quick seat tab that’s targeted towards new players who might be overwhelmed by the entire lobby.
Of course the main lobby is still just one click away for advanced users. The lobby itself has actually been slimmed down in PokerStars 7 as well.
The new favorites tab will likely make finding games easier for everyone as you can favorite any game in the client and it will instantly add a number of similar games to your favorites.
PokerStars expects the PokerStars 7 beta to be available in all jurisdictions by the end of August. Mac users will have to wait a bit longer as the beta won’t hit OSX until sometime in the fall.
PokerStars 7 should be out of beta and the default client of the site by the end of the year, depending on how the beta goes and if there are any issues.
To sign up for the beta just head to the PokerStars 7 page.